Mind if I jump in? I broke down and bought my yarn and swatched last night. Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in color 14 sweet green, on size 2s. I'm so excited, I stayed home sick today so I could finish the knitting on my boyfriend's sweater so I wouldn't feel so guilty about starting this!
so my boyfriend is studying industrial design, which is basically anything that can be mass-produced. this quarter, their project was to design and build a chair. i think i saw him, on average, about an hour a day, despite the fact that we live together. it totally sucked, but i think the end result was probably worth it. what do you guys think?
i think he said it's called (paren.). don't know why, though...
that's me, sewing the cushion cover. i accused him of running a sweatshop:
i was wandering through my lys a while ago, and i accidentally bought some malabrigo. i don't normally even like purple, but this just called to me. about 2/3 of the first skein became my very own lake park hat on the plane ride home from san jose last weekend:
malabrigo is definitely the "fanciest" yarn i've ever bought or knit with, and i think this stitch pattern does it justice, don't you?
the colorway is "velvet grapes," and i cast on 80 stitches, did a twisted rib hem, and did 3 full pattern repeats before beginning the decreases. it was getting pretty long, so i skipped rows 18-25 of the decrease chart, and i think it turned out fine. what do you guys think?
i made one too! (although i don't have a personal photographer, but you get the idea.)
i also added handles (10-stitch, 1-row buttonholes) on either side, so it can be carried in hand like a regular grocery bag (excuse my giant pasty arm).
the biggest needles i had were size 13, so i cast on 55 stitches instead of 45, which is why it's so wide at the bottom. also, i bound off too tightly at the top, so that makes it look even more bottom-heavy. and the strap is 10 stitches wide (on size 9s), because i was pretty sure a 4-stitch-wide strap would cut right through me. i used plassard cotlin, about 1.5 balls.
i felt so eco-friendly walking to the local grocery, and walking back home with my dinner in this bag!
that's after 13 repeats, and it's only supposed to have 34 and be 60" long (including the borders).
but here's what it looks like blocking:
it's about 8x15 which is a little smallish, so i'll probably do a few extra repeats and then block the heck out of it-- it'll stretch more width-ways if i don't have to stretch it so much long-ways, right?
it took FOREVER, especially because a) i'm starting with a size small and increasing at the bust to a size medium (so as to account for my friend's 38" chest and 26" waist) and b) i kept getting confused because the torchon lace repeat goes back and forth between 17 and 19 stitches, and it takes up 19 blocks on the chart and every time i counted my stitches i got thrown off. but now it's done. problem is, now i want to knit the whole thing in the round. i've already frogged and cast on again, though, so i don't think that's going to happen.
thanks for the encouragement, maybe tonight i can get back to where i was before i frogged... probably not, though.
so i still haven't mailed the bag.... her birthday was january 18th, what's a few more days?
anyway, i finally got the camera to take pictures, and then it got in a fight with my computer and refused to give me its pictures. but the boy took over and made it behave. so here she is!
this one shows the color really well:
and here's one with me for scale:
and all laid out flat:
i ended up using a fake leather (vinyl) purse that i found at kohls for about $10 as the top and lining-- i machine sewed it, so that was exciting! i'm not entirely thrilled about the way the top is just slightly wider than the bag and kind of pulls it, but i think once it's full of stuff it'll be okay. hopefully the aspiring fashion designer will like it. i've already started on a mini for myself to ease the pain of separation.